Discipled Leaders Are Renovated from The Inside Out

May 11, 2018

Through an audition process, Carla and I were select to be featured in a Reality TV show called Run My Renovation. The premise of the show required us to choose a room in our house that would be transformed based on viewers’ decorating fancies. The viewers voted online for everything from flooring to fixtures, cabinets to paint, light fixtures to tile, and bathtubs to shower doors. The votes were tallied and the contractors/hosts, with a little help from us, pulled all of the elements together for a beautiful and stunning room.

We choose our master bath. Why? Here’s what the DIY team wrote: “Preston and Carla Poore’s master bath looks nice from a distance, but when you get up close, you find it’s a different story. The cabinets are peeling, the doors don’t match, the shower doesn’t drain, and the doorway is a trip hazard. DIY Network voters have voted on all new design for the Poore’s bathroom. The show’s hosts help incorporate everything from new shower tile and new hardwood to an enormous bathtub and new paint. This bathroom undergoes a major transformation that results in a beautiful bathroom from up close as well as at a distance.”

The show was only 30 minutes long after editing. But in reality, the construction and production crew took over our house, and the renovation took several days to complete. During filming, the hosts asked us about which decorating option we preferred (i.e., three different cabinet styles) and then the production team would capture our reaction once the viewer’s choices were revealed. Next, the hosts put us to work for a few shots. Then, the director yelled “cut,” and the production team quickly moved us out of the way allowing the professionals to step in and finish the construction.

All in all, it was an enjoyable and unique experience. We loved how the master bath turned out – a total transformation. If you’re curious, here’s a link to view our 72 Hour Bathroom Makeover clip – too bad they didn’t title the show Poore Bathroom Makeover– Marketers!  🙂


As the master bath went through the renovation process, I began thinking about the project’s parallel to leadership and life transformation. How is one’s life transformed? Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. For those who follow him, Jesus radically changes and renovates their lives from the inside out. He’s a transformer, not a reformer. Jesus doesn’t make a person a better version of him or herself. He transforms people from death to life.

Imagine if the show Run My Renovation was called Run My Redecoration – featuring some a fresh coat of paint and a shined floor. Not so much! Transformation was the point of the show. The construction team tore everything out and started over; they didn’t re-decorate, they renovated.

Just like the master bath was gutted and then transformed, Jesus comes into a person’s life and makes him or her brand new. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

As a person of faith, I believe transformed lives transform cultures. For Christians, Jesus works in them and through them to make a positive difference in the world. In other words, as Christians cooperate with God’s mission to transform lives, they make a direct impact on their culture, communities, businesses, and schools. That’s the essence of leadership – being a positive influence on the world around you.

If you don’t know Jesus personally, ask him to “run your renovation” and change your life. If you know him, step into leadership, become a renovator, and join his initiative to transform people, one life at a time.

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